John Fogerty recalled the reasons that broke up Creedence

John Fogerty recalled the reasons that broke up Creedence

John Fogerty speaking with Bill Maher on Club Random he recalled the tension that prevailed in the last times of the Creedence Clearwater Revival despite the success, admitting that at the time he had no idea why his bandmates were so exasperated.

In 1970, the Californian band was at the height of its success. A success that came suddenly with six albums in the space of three years and a long line of unforgettable songs such as “Proud Mary”, “Down on the Corner”, “Bad Moon Rising” And “Fortunate Son”. But something was smoldering beneath the ashes, explained the 78-year-old Fogerty: “Creedence started to get really restless, and yet we were on top of the world.”

Much of the restlessness he talks about
John Fogerty
it was given by the internal organization of the band. Fogerty was the undisputed leader and sole songwriter of the group, the other members were frustrated by not having the opportunity to participate in the creative part. At the time, John just couldn't understand why his bandmates were so upset. “I mean, that's what the song “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” is about. It's the brightest, most wonderful day we've all dreamed of and it's raining. Why are you so unhappy?”

The most frustrated of all he was
Tom Fogerty
, rhythm guitarist and John's older brother, sibling rivalry helped worsen relationships. John recalls: “Tom became very quiet. He was really quiet. But there were these little niggles every now and then. Verbal skirmishes.” Tom eventually left the band in 1971. Creedence continued for a while longer, before finally breaking up in 1972.

It was only much later, after launching his solo career, that John finally fully understood the reasons that led to the band's breakup. One day, in the early nineties, while he was driving and with his wife, John told her the story of the end of the group. “She said, 'Well, they were jealous.' I said, 'Whaaat?'” It was an eventuality that
he had never considered. “I didn't understand anything. I was just like, hell, 'Mary' was number one for 72 weeks. Why are you mad?”

His wife's intuition helped John better understand the discontent that was consuming Tom. “And as an adult … I reached a point where I finally, as best I could, understood that his emotions and his desires are very human and understandable.”